That Noble Dream: The 'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical Profession
The aspiration to relate the past "as it really happened" has been the central goal of American professional historians since the late nineteenth century. In this remarkable history of the profession, Peter Novick shows how the idea and ideal of objectivity was elaborated, challenged, modified, and defended over the past century. Drawing on the unpublished correspondence as well as the published writing of hundreds of American historians, this book is a richly textured account of what American historians have thought they were doing, or ought to be doing, when they wrote history--how their principles influenced their practice and practical exigencies influenced their principles. Published with the support of the Exxon Education Foundation.
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Review: That Noble Dream: The 'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical ProfessionUser Review - Derek Ide - Goodreads
Exhaustive review of the various transfigurations and transmutations of the American historical profession as historians grappled with the objectivity question. Lots of gems in here. Slightly too ... Read full review
Review: That Noble Dream: The 'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical ProfessionUser Review - Todd Stansbury - Goodreads
This is an excellent examination of how historians tried to develop both objectively and as a profession starting in the 1890s and moving to the 1980s. While dense it never feels bogged down to me ... Read full review